Md. man who triggered Amber Alert charged with assault in girlfriend’s stabbing

WASHINGTON — The Montgomery County man who triggered an Amber Alert Tuesday after authorities say he stabbed his girlfriend and then fled with the couple’s two young children has been charged with first- and second-degree assault.

Montgomery County police said 35-year-old Dwight Perry, of Gaithersburg, stabbed his girlfriend in the lower back after the two got into an argument Tuesday afternoon and then took off with his 9-year-old son and 19-month-old daughter.

Police, who were called to the couple’s West Side Drive home in Gaithersburg shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, said Perry’s girlfriend’s was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police issued an Amber Alert around 4:30 p.m. after they grew concerned for the children’s safety.

Several hours later, Perry turned himself in to a Prince George’s County fire station after he saw the Amber Alert, according to police. He had taken one of the children to a day-care facility and the other to a family member’s home, where police found them unharmed.

Police said Perry was questioned by police and admitted stabbing his girlfriend.

He is currently being held without bond.

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